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Sylvia Van Velzer (IslandVoice)

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I'm a Photo-Digital artist, based in Hawaii. I love art, writing, music, travel, and meeting people. 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A Mermaids Tale from the Sea
    0

    A Mermaids Tale from the Sea

    4 years ago

    Anna diving and loving it! I'm the mom who went ballistic because her daughter had 'underworld' ties. Well, of course I'm referring to sea predators and the 'dangerous' world of diving. It begun the day her daddy...

  • A Dry Spell
    5

    A Dry Spell

    4 years ago

    3 Yellow Hibiscus-from our garden WOW! I can't believe it! I've been 'Hubbing' with you guys this long? Do i know all 500 plus of you who follow me? I should probably ask, do YOU know ME? A little bit perhaps? We do...

  • The Digital Art Revolution
    12

    The Digital Art Revolution

    4 years ago

    Digital art is not real art? Purported by my daughter's friend, and i felt slighted. What an ignoramus, i thought! But, then again i realized, she was among many who had no clue what it meant to create art with today's...

  • An Artist's Psyche
    13

    An Artist's Psyche

    5 years ago

    Who or what is an artist? Why makes us paint? What do artist feel or think when they create their work of art?

  • The Gravity of Human Depravity
    10

    The Gravity of Human Depravity

    5 years ago

    We haven't moved planet have we? This is still the same earth humans like us are suppose to enjoy, subdue and rule, as our domain, and home, right? But, why does it feel more and more like we are among creatures of...

  • Playing Religion
    15

    Playing Religion

    5 years ago

    "Measure not men by Sundays, without regarding what they do all the week after." - Thomas Fuller If you consider yourself a religious person, you may want to braise yourself for a rough ride ahead. This is...

  • Friends of Worth
    14

    Friends of Worth

    4 years ago

    At our worst can come the utmost best. She was 'grace undeserved', 'unconditional love manifest', the epitome of the best of the best of friendships. I, to this day don't have a clue why she cared the way she did,...

  • Stop The Insanity!
    9

    Stop The Insanity!

    4 years ago

    Mental illness is very real to me. I lost one of my brothers to suicide. There is nothing 'painless' about it, as one popular song goes. It's been many years, but i still feel the loss of one so dear to me. He was a...

  • Digital Art on Giclee
    14

    Digital Art on Giclee

    5 years ago

    My Bowl of Fruits on Giclee So, you think you can paint? No, i didn't. I never thought i could, or ever would. My life's been thrust all over the place, by every circumstance, folly and mistake. Woe is me? No way! I...

  • Life Matters, Really!
    22

    Life Matters, Really!

    4 years ago

    Why be saddled with this thing called life expectancy? Of what relevance to an individual is such a statistic? Am I to concern myself with an allotment of days I never had and was never promised? Must I check off each...

  • Shanghai Impressions
    9

    Shanghai Impressions

    5 years ago

    Alfred Eisenstaedt said, "I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. And i take heed of St....

  • Romancing Rodin
    14

    Romancing Rodin

    5 years ago

  • Nuggets from Ted
    6

    Nuggets from Ted

    5 years ago

    Go ahead, salivate at the good fortune of Ted Williams and his bagloads of job offers, with no less than a major movie contract with Jack Nicholson in it. Of course there will be books as well. Well, good for Mr...

  • What Colors Tell Us
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    What Colors Tell Us

    4 years ago

    My wall colors "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including...

  • It's A Wonderful Virtual World
    9

    It's A Wonderful Virtual World

    5 years ago

    Good Morning G! Now imagine all these. I am sharing hot cocos, and getting an inside scoop on Hollywood from Gina. I like that she holds her own as a celebrity, but i like it more that she's well grounded...

  • Christmas Bags of Hope
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    Christmas Bags of Hope

    6 years ago

    For it is in giving that we receive- Francis of Assisi Many of life's precious gifts are birthed. Christmas is grace demonstrated with the babe Jesus born in a lowly manger. There are traditions carved by time,...

  • What about Marriage
    25

    What about Marriage

    5 years ago

    Let's see now, you are either married, unmarried, considering marriage, or what my husband describes in bewtix, not sure about going into the 'unknown' with someone. If you are single, practicing celibacy, a skeptic and...

  • Moms Are Not Created Equal
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    Moms Are Not Created Equal

    4 years ago

    As Helen Steiner says: A mother... "is patient and forgiving, when all others are forsaking, And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . . It believes beyond believing when the world around...

  • Who's Cheating Who
    25

    Who's Cheating Who

    6 years ago

    "Cheats live in darkness and thrive on lies. Nothing good comes out of them"-mequote There are many kinds of cheats, from bigtime to smalltime. It is common to men, women, children, rich, poor, ugly,...

  • Regrettable Regrets
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    Regrettable Regrets

    4 years ago

    "Regret is defined as "to feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about, or to remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn. It has the broadest range, from mere disappointment to a painful sense of...

  • Overwhelmed By Hate
    53

    Overwhelmed By Hate

    6 years ago

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to love, and a time to hate- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. To hate means to detest, abhor, execrate, abominate, loathe, scorn, despise,...

  • Miracles I Believe
    55

    Miracles I Believe

    4 years ago

    I liked attending Sunday school as a little girl, and listening to stories, with picture illustrations, about Jesus. But i liked fairy tales too, like Snow White, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. I...

  • Love Love Love!
    27

    Love Love Love!

    3 years ago

    John Keats said: I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion - I have shudder'd at it. I shudder no more. I could be martyr'd for my religion. Love is my religion, and I could die for that. I...

  • Doggone Quotes
    29

    Doggone Quotes

    3 years ago

    In loving memory of all our dogs that are now in dog heaven: Lovely, Silver, Vanilla. Winter, Bosley, Prince, Atlas, Valentine, Sandra Dee, Azabache, Oprah, etc etc Gene Hill said: He is my other eyes that can see...

  • The Folly of Gossip
    15

    The Folly of Gossip

    6 years ago

    Don't Give Your Ear “With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor” -Prov. 11:9 I just feel this is a necessary hub for me to write. I know someone who still loves gossiping about me, and i am just...

  • Resilience
    25

    Resilience

    5 years ago

    Rainbow in Mililani "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists"-Japanese Proverb MayoClinic defines resilience as "the ability to adapt well to stress, adversity, trauma or...

  • Manila, A Mix Bag
    15

    Manila, A Mix Bag

    4 years ago

    Like a favorite 'mix trail', Manila is a lot like a delightful bag filled with nuts, chips and fruits, and there's enough of the sweet, salty and spicy to keep one coming back for more. Rudyard Kipling said: Our...

  • Thanksgiving, Beyond a Holiday
    23

    Thanksgiving, Beyond a Holiday

    6 years ago

    Nowadays, thanksgiving has become a mere “holiday”, when folks including you and me, take off, get a break, see friends and family, and gather for a turkey dinner. Many of us look forward to the celebration,...

  • Find Your Soulmate
    39

    Find Your Soulmate

    5 years ago

    Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you? ~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella How shallow is it that I watch celebrities? Oh, but who cares! I love arts, and...

  • Forgiving Is Liberating
    23

    Forgiving Is Liberating

    7 years ago

    I never knew real freedom until i learned to forgive. I didn't understand the liberating power of forgiveness until i came to a crossroad in my life, and i realized, i had to let go of unforgiveness that had held my...

  • Shall We Lol?
    36

    Shall We Lol?

    4 years ago

    So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport This world does not laugh enough. BUT! And just because i am a hopeless romantic, or the type...

  • Brocaded Koi
    15

    Brocaded Koi

    4 years ago

    Artsyl Koi Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. ~Rachel Carson Brocade is 'a class of richly decorative shuttle woven fabrics, often made in colored silks...

  • Christmas  Glee Tree
    13

    Christmas Glee Tree

    6 years ago

    If i remember right, it was Nat King Cole who sung....."O Christmas tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; How often has...

  • Aging, but not passe'
    27

    Aging, but not passe'

    4 years ago

    Jacqueline Bisset & Catherine Daneuve The baby boomers seem to get it right, and the women are different from their parents and grandparents. They have seen their elderly parents suffer and lose their independence...

  • Pivot, Lipton & Me
    15

    Pivot, Lipton & Me

    7 years ago

    The Interview It is very difficult to generalise. Everyone's adventure is original- Bernard Pivot James Lipton is such a fabulous host, interviewer, i have found myself, occasionally wishing it was me he was...

  • Waimanalo's Turquoise Waters
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    Waimanalo's Turquoise Waters

    7 years ago

    Umbrella Woman Sunbathers Azure 1 Asure 2 Azure 3 Nature is my medicine. -Sara Moss-Wolfe It could have something to do with the fact that turquoise is a favorite gem and color. I have a need to go to a place to...

  • Our Little Artist
    37

    Our Little Artist

    5 years ago

  • Colocasia Esculenta or Simply Taro.
    12

    Colocasia Esculenta or Simply Taro.

    5 years ago

    Photo Digital Art Green and heartshaped, means love, life, giving...perhaps a healing, so does nature speak to us? In Hawaii, the extraordinary value of Taro is manifest in its numerous important roles: as a staple...

  • Redefined at 50
    35

    Redefined at 50

    4 years ago

    Let me quote in part Jules Feiffer, "At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and...

  • Exciting North Shore
    14

    Exciting North Shore

    7 years ago

    NS 1 NS 2 NS 3 NS 4 NS 5 NS 6 Hawaii is wonderful all year round, but winter (approximately November to January) is probably the most exciting time to come to the Islands. Most especially if you are looking for...

  • Kona Hawaii
    28

    Kona Hawaii

    4 years ago

    Sunset in Kona It's no surprise that Kona and Kohala have become the playground for the rich and famous, but that's really a 'secret'. But, since nobody can refuse celebrity gossip, here's one you don't want to miss....

  • The Impact of Christian Music
    28

    The Impact of Christian Music

    7 years ago

    Contemporary Christian worship band MercyMe has been singing for the Lord for over 13 years. Their album "Almost There" brought on the hit "I Can Only Imagine," which, despite mentioning...

  • Waikiki Hawaii-The Grand Appeal
    11

    Waikiki Hawaii-The Grand Appeal

    4 years ago

    Hawaii is not called 'paradise' and rainbow state for nothing. It is considered the wedding capital of the world, and one of the most romantic tour destinations. More than 20,000 marriages are performed annually on the...

  • A Mother's Gem Daughter
    12

    A Mother's Gem Daughter

    4 years ago

    Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the...

  • A Horse Romance
    17

    A Horse Romance

    5 years ago

    HGY Herman Sr The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. -Sharon Ralls Lemon A Special Tribute: One of my life's blessing is...

  • Ice Crystal Cathedral
    22

    Ice Crystal Cathedral

    7 years ago

    It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it. I wonder why that is. Is it that paint cannot counterfeit the intense blaze of a...

  • A Little Honeymoon
    14

    A Little Honeymoon

    5 years ago

    The essence of pleasure is spontaneity -Germaine Greer It wasn't our first, and we didn't have the luxury of time. But, our honeymoon, as brief and spontaneous. would prove to be the sweetest, and most memorable....

  • Fashionable Flip Flops
    12

    Fashionable Flip Flops

    4 years ago

    Island Lil Girl There are political flip floppers, and there are Flip Flops you wear on your feet. One is better than the other, and this is about the better other. Ok, we're just having some fun. Flip-flops used to...

  • Say Chess!
    14

    Say Chess!

    5 years ago

    We so love the game of chess. But we can't say it loves us back, at least not the way we want it. It is a relentless challenger, and like an elusive lover, she keeps us fascinated and on our toes. Do you know that...

  • A Good Son
    20

    A Good Son

    4 years ago

    Sweet Lorraine, from her son's lens I love and admire many women. I have been blessed, and touched by some of the most beautiful female souls ever to come in one's life. It gives me extreme joy to celebrate and find...

  • Monet's Brush, My Mouse
    9

    Monet's Brush, My Mouse

    5 years ago

    Sargent, John Singer- Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood. The portrait was painted in the spring of 1888 at Giverny “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet. He goes on to say that...

  • Sea of My Inspiration
    25

    Sea of My Inspiration

    4 years ago

    Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii "A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile.- Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses...

  • Sunsets of My Heart
    25

    Sunsets of My Heart

    4 years ago

    "Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do". ~Michel de Montaigne "They may as well have called the sun a ball of flaming joy." ~Star Richés I...

  • Photos and Quotes
    8

    Photos and Quotes

    4 years ago

    There are many popular inspirational quotes and there are many I particularly like. For sometime now, i have found myself posting these in my Facebook, Twitter and other websites. Many have followed suit, which is...

  • She Calls Me Grammy
    10

    She Calls Me Grammy

    4 years ago

    On her 3rd birthday If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first. ~Lois Wyse My grandmother from my mom's side passed on when i was a baby, so i never really knew her. My...

  • Floral Collages
    13

    Floral Collages

    4 years ago

    Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Island Flora "Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us". Wolfgang von Goethe I'll take a single wild...

  • Loving The Imperfect Dad
    12

    Loving The Imperfect Dad

    2 years ago

    My father was perfect for me, and I am who i am because of the unconditional love he gave me. I owe him a lot, and i will always honor him.

  • The Love of Money
    11

    The Love of Money

    7 years ago

    There' s a saying, "Do not value money for any more nor any less than its worth; it is a good servant but a bad master"-Alexandre Dumas Last night we picked a Netflix movie to watch online, a documentary...

  • A Brave Battle With Miscarriages
    3

    A Brave Battle With Miscarriages

    7 years ago

    It's one thing to agree 'life's not fair; but another to actually live through it's hellish reality. Just when I thought i had already experienced the worse and begun to accept heaven's dealings and portion, came the...

  • Woman, Covet Not
    15

    Woman, Covet Not

    4 years ago

    We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.-Publius Ovidius Naso · Covetous men (women) are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen who live by themselves, in perpetual...

  • Lives Liberated by Art
    4

    Lives Liberated by Art

    7 years ago

    I'm just another voice crying out for those who are helpless to change theirs. In the Philippines, and in Manila alone, a city of the privileged and the poor, thousands live in shanties or on the streets. There are1.5...

  • The Susan Boyle Phenomena
    18

    The Susan Boyle Phenomena

    7 years ago

    I first got the news from Twitter, and i jumped to the site where a YouTube video entitled "A Star is Born" was waiting to be 'clicked'. There she was, a modestly dressed lady, looking like a school teacher...

  • Getting It Right In Remarriage
    2

    Getting It Right In Remarriage

    7 years ago

    Marriages fail for many reasons. When two people can't work out their conflict and live in the same roof anymore despite all efforts to save it, then it's over. The couple must live with the consequences of the divorce...

  • Strength In Quietness
    14

    Strength In Quietness

    5 years ago

    Aloness "We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together.... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude." ~Helen Hayes QUIET...

  • What To Do After A Break-up
    3

    What To Do After A Break-up

    7 years ago

    Hardwood Trails One is lucky to live long enough in this world and never suffer a hearbreak. Now that i'm much older, i can say that many of the heartaches i went through were actually good for me. No, i didn't think...

  • Why Be Grateful
    9

    Why Be Grateful

    7 years ago

    "Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is...

  • My Friend Adversity
    13

    My Friend Adversity

    4 years ago

    You've unmasked, you're an ally, my toughest teacher yet My Friend, Adversity by Sylvia van Velzer Mother of dread, how many times i've prayed you away. Bearer of bad news, party pooper, my worse nightmare ...

  • You Have to Love the Beautiful YOU
    9

    You Have to Love the Beautiful YOU

    4 years ago

    Beautiful Andy We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies -Roderick Thorp, Rainbow Drive Yes, i believe in 'narcissism'. It upsets me when i...

  • The Fear of Change
    25

    The Fear of Change

    4 years ago

    All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France I still remember the time when my...

  • An Artist's Dilemma
    9

    An Artist's Dilemma

    5 years ago

    I knew an artist who was part of a group called the "Starving artists". He would come to us many times, pushing his oil paintings so he could feed his family. I thought of him as very gifted, but sadly,...

  • The Coffee Seduction
    11

    The Coffee Seduction

    4 years ago

    Coffee Facts: • Coffee drinkers are more likely to feel coffee is healthy, with 49% saying that as opposed to 36% of non-drinkers. • Sixty one percent said that coffee improves their mental focus versus...

  • The Beauty of Easter
    5

    The Beauty of Easter

    4 years ago

    Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise." ~Phillips Brooks Yes, there...

  • Abstract Art
    16

    Abstract Art

    5 years ago

  • Women In Business
    8

    Women In Business

    5 years ago

    Honolulu Expo with Young Biz Ladies Anything men can do, we women can do better. Ummmm, probably not all the time. I do know wives who make more money than their hubbies, and it's not a bad thing. As long as there...

  • Dream Easter Wedding
    11

    Dream Easter Wedding

    4 years ago

    I once dreamt of one day marrying a handsome prince in a fairytale like wedding, somewhere in a land of breathtaking beauty. But, then, don't most young girls do and somewhere, somehow forget or dismiss it as mere...

  • When A Loved One Dies
    12

    When A Loved One Dies

    6 years ago

    A Bridge Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.  ~Socrates Death can be sudden and unexpected, or it can be painfully slow. Either way, it happens, it's traumatic and life changing. The first death i...

  • I Love Us
    11

    I Love Us

    5 years ago

    Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a...

  • The Art of Self Discovery
    8

    The Art of Self Discovery

    5 years ago

    ArtMask If you aren't sure who you are, you might as well work on who you want to be.~Robert Brault I look at a child, in all innocence, like that of a clean canvas ready to be painted on. There's the first stage...

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